Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – December 25, 2016
Topic: The Purpose of His Coming
Text: Hebrews 2:5-18; 1 John 3:4-10
Key Verse: Hebrews 2:14: “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–” (NIV)
This Christmas Sunday we will be sharing on the appropriate topic – “The Purpose of His Coming”.
Regardless of anyone’s view of Jesus Christ, it has come to be that all historical events – past, present and future – are recorded with reference to His passage on earth. This reality should be an anchor for Christians to alert the world to the essence of His coming – that He did not just come to show a good example, be a great teacher, or make man a little better, but to change the course and fate of mankind. Key messages from the study should include the following:
- The key purpose of Christ’s coming is to destroy the works of the devil by removing the devil’s authority and power over man and reconciling man to God. By Christ’s coming, no one has an excuse to be dominated by the devil or live without God’s power.
- Christians need to stem the continued commercialisation of Christmas by seizing every opportunity to remind the world of the purpose of Christ’s coming and prompting people to respond positively to God’s love shown at Christmas.
Throughout the world, at Christmas time, world leaders and leaders of thought preach messages of goodwill as a way of acknowledging Jesus Christ Who is the reason for the season. The message is more-or-less the same: “Follow the example of Jesus Christ for, by so doing, we would have peace in the world.” But, did Jesus come just to show us an example of love and kindness? While He was indeed exemplary in all ways, the Bible makes clear that the cardinal reason for His coming into the world is to “destroy the devil’s work”. The first prophecy to this effect goes back to the Garden of Eden when God said to the Serpent: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Gen 3:15 NIV). Further to our key verse above, Apostle John echoed this truth when he wrote: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8b, NIV).
1. What are the “works of the devil” that Jesus Christ came to destroy?
Sceptics would ask why the devil’s work is still very much evident if indeed Jesus came to destroy those works. Evils existed in the days of His active ministry on earth, and have always been with us. How then did Jesus Christ destroy the works of the devil? Imagine a gang of extortionists that has for years illegally collected taxes, now being outlawed by a pronouncement from the state governor. The gang continues to parade itself and demand taxes from the people. Citizens who take the governor’s word seriously would refuse to pay the illegal taxes. However, those sceptical of the governor’s pronouncement would remain intimidated and continue to pay taxes to the illegal gang. Jesus indeed came to destroy the works of the devil, but only those that take Him seriously enjoy the benefit. The decision is individual: “that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” (Joh 3:15). Note the singular – “everyone”. It does not come automatically to everyone. There are clear steps to benefitting from this accomplishment of Jesus Christ.
2. What are evidences of the destruction of the works of the devil in an individual’s life? [
Christians ought to be concerned that the real Christmas message – the purpose of Christ’s coming seems lost the loss to the festiveness of the occasion. In many countries, Christmas is no more than a season to exchange gifts and experience commercial boom. Even those that do not profess the faith send “Season’s Greetings” to everyone they can think of – note the substitution of the word “Seasons” for “Christmas”. “Xmas” replaces “Christmas”, removing “Christ” from the occasion. While the Christian may blame the world for the commercialisation of the landmark event, there are perhaps ways in which Christians contribute to the phenomenon.
3. (a) In what ways do Christians contribute to the loss of the Christmas message to the larger world? (b)What can Christians do as individuals and as a body to restore the real purpose of Christmas in their areas of influence?
Father, teach us to restore the purpose of Christmas to the consciousness of those around us and to the larger world. May more people experience the manifestation of what You accomplished at Christmas, in Jesus’ name. Amen.